Leen Helmink Antique Maps

East Indies by Janssonius

Cartographer

Janssonius

Title

Insularum Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio

Published

Amsterdam, 1633

Size

38.9 x 50.4 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18646

Condition

mint

Price

$ 1500

Description

"The map reproduced here is proof of the fact, that Janssonius'
maps also in their content could equal, or even surpass those
of his competitor Blaeu.

On this 'New Description of the East
Indies' of 1633, Janssonius presents information about the area, that does not appear on any printed map by any other contemporary
cartographer. This concerns the 'Duyfkens Eylant' to the south
of New Guinea: its position and name on this map proves that Janssonius was aware of a journey of discovery to Australia
by a Dutch ship of that name, that took place as early as
1605-1606. How he came by this information remains a mystery:
Willem Jansz Blaeu had been nominated cartograoher to the VOC
in the same year that this map was first published. In view of the
fierce competition between them, this rules Blaeu out as a possible source of information.

This map was reprinted until late in the 17th century. Apart from
general pictures such as this, the Dutch contribution to cartographic
knowledge of Asia in that period has been conspicuously small.
While the Dutch became mapmakers to and of the known world in the 17th century, this scarcity of material regarding Asia is in strong
contrast to the many and detailed contemporary maps of areas of the world, where the Dutch did not have comparably strong
commercial interests."

(Braeken).